Plebgate costs bombshell: Mitchell v News Group Newspapers

Mr Mitchell or, more accurately, his solicitors have been denied the ability to recover costs, estimated to be in excess of £500,000, because they failed to file a costs budget on time. The Court of Appeal has given clear warning that non-compliance with court rules and orders is not likely to be tolerated. The decision marks a real shift in how litigation will be conducted in the post-Jackson era.

Affirming that relief from sanction will only be granted in very limited circumstances, the Court of Appeal has upheld the initial decision to limit the claim for costs to just court fees because Mr Mitchell’s solicitors failed to file the costs budget in time…

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